Anywho - Yesterday was an odd day, as far as field service calls go. I got the following call off our voicemail, pretty much first thing in the morning:
Hmm... That teacher didn't sound like someone I'd want to be in charge of my kid in any kind of ACTUAL emergency - would you? If I found something dead in my truck, I'd probably just put it in a bag and throw it away. You wouldn't think someone would have to call the City to do it, and you certainly wouldn't think the situation would cause them to be so unsettled that they could barely leave a voicemail message.
Another call today involved this:
A lady had parked behind her place of business, only to have an exotic bird land on the hood of her car. The lady had her two dogs with her inside the car. The dogs and the bird became fascinated with looking at each other through the windshield. We hadn't received any calls from anyone looking for a lost bird - so there's no clue as to where it came from. Here he is, a little more clearly, inside a cage at the Animal Shelter:
I also picked up 7 puppies from one of the residents of a bad neighborhood in the town where I work.
We normally don't pick up "Owner Release" animals from people trying to get rid of unwanted animals. Usually, we make them drive the animals to the shelter themselves. This serves two purposes:
1. It makes them have to see the consequences of their actions. If I go to their house and pick up their unwanted pet, it makes it too easy and painless for them to get rid of them. It should involve some effort on the part of the pet owner, regardless of the circumstances causing the release of the pet. Otherwise it makes it too easy for people to dump one animal on the system for whatever reason, and then go out and get another pet a week/month/year later. That cycle can repeat with the same people over, and over again.
2. Our shelter is about 1 1/2 hours round trip from the town I service - if you figure the time for a round trip with time to unload what ever I've had to take up there. If I'm up there unloading, I'm not available for rapid response to actual emergencies in the town I service. I can't do anything about trips to the shelter to unload animals that I've picked up stray - but I can limit the trips for animals surrendered by owners.
After saying that - I decided that discretion was the better part of valor, in this case. I could have told the owner that he had to take the puppies to the shelter - but he probably wouldn't have bothered. He would have taken them home, planning to do it another day. These dogs were almost completely unsocialized at this point. In another month or two, they would have been running wild through the trailer park - making it necessary for me and my co-workers to have a much harder time getting them off the streets.
At least this way, they have a chance at finding a responsible home.
I did take the opportunity to rake the owner over the coals for having an un-spayed dog cranking out puppies in the trailer park, though. He couldn't leave until I had finished accepting the puppies from him - so I had a captive audience for as long as I wanted.
I'm thinking about renting myself out for terrorist interrogations. I think I could wear them down faster than a Waterboarder :)